Grant and Tara’s love of the ocean, sailing and discovering new places is infectious. They are both certified and experienced Yacht Master Ocean Skippers. Over the past ten years they completed over 200 weeks of charter as captain and chef, sailing catamarans throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean and USA. Tara is a gifted Dive Instructor and Chef and enjoys sharing both of these skills with guests. They met 10 years ago in South Africa while attending the Ocean Sailing Academy. In early 2008, the opportunity presented itself to crew on a luxury catamaran and they have been together ever since. In addition to their significant sailing, diving and hospitality experience, their warm, outdoorsy and fun personalities as well as welcoming manner make them a delight for charter guests to spend time with, aboard Dama de Noche.
Grant was born in South Africa and grew up in Botswana, before moving back to Cape Town. He has been sailing the unpredictable African wild coast from a young age with his family. Shortly after finishing high school he moved to the United Kingdom to study Software Engineering. After years of study and part time racing sailing yachts on the south coast of UK, Grant decided that a 9 to 5 job was not for him and so pursued a career in the yachting industry. He holds a Sailing Yacht Master Certification. He has sailed the coasts of South Africa, the U.K., the Caribbean island chain and the east coast of the USA. Grant’s technical and computer (software diploma) skills contribute to his expert seamanship as well as in-depth understanding of the varied mechanical, electrical and digital systems aboard Dama de Noche. Grant’s Advanced open water diving qualification helps Tara’s diving stewardship as a Master Diver and Scuba Dive Instructor.
Tara was born in Victoria, Australia in the outback countryside. From a young age she loved the water and working with animals. While training and competing in the equestrian industry, she also excelled in national swimming competitions. After finishing high school she complete a Diploma of Dive and Resort Management. The love of animals and swimming brought her to the ocean to discover more about marine life and so pursued a career as a scuba diving instructor, working the islands of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Scuba diving opened the doorway for her into the yachting industry. Her first step was getting a powerboat license. Next she became a crew member on Super Yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, working her way up to assist the chef on a 41 Meter mega yacht. Finally she earned her Yacht Master license. In addition to working on yachts in the Mediterranean, the Bahamas and the Caribbean islands, Tara was also part of three Atlantic crossings. She worked as a charter chef for over 10 years and is now handing the reins over to Chef Tyler, she will still be a part of creating a wonderful menu for your time on board, as well as catering to any of your needs. She will also be your personal Dive Instructor and snorkel guide.
Grant and Tara’s vast experiences combined in sailing, dive instruction, world travel and gourmet cooking, blended with the warm hospitality of the Safa’s and the Aussies, will guarantee you the vacation of a lifetime, every time, aboard the Luxury yacht Dama de Noche.
Chef Tyler Dawson
Tyler Dawson, chef, baker and owner of Family Food & Bakery - Established 2012 on Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tyler owns Family Food & Bakery a well-established and popular bakery in the BVI. The bakery specialises in artisan bread, traditional baked goods including patisserie and has a full service café, catering service and boat provisioning service. The bakery also supplies supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.
His culinary experience is extraordinary. Executive Sous Chef, Marriot Autogragh Hotels 2010/2012 managing the day operations for the full suite of Scrub Island Tortola restaurants, bars and services under Chef Andy Niedenthal. Executive Sous Chef, ‘The Attic’, Parkhurst, Johannesburg 2009/2010 With Chef Tom Hughes Tyler was Exec Sous for this award-winning, busy South African restaurant, bistro and bar. The food was contemporary European in the fine dining restaurant and Urban French in the bistro. The bar was tapas. Chef, Executive Hospitality Suites – FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010.
Tyler was responsible for the executive suites during the 2010 Soccer World Cup including the Presidential Suite for all Gauteng stadiums including Soccer City, Soweto. Baker Apprentice with Chef Stuart McClarty, ‘The Chef bakery’, Richmond, Johannesburg 2009/2010. He served a full apprenticeship specializing in artisan bread and was involved in all aspects of the bakery and café.
Tyler loves all outdoor activities and eating. He has taken and fed groups up Kilimanjaro, down the Fish River Canyon and along the Otter trail. He is ready to welcome you on board and give you a culinary experience of the life time.